North Dakota’s Zane McIntyre wins the 2015 Mike Richter Award

Zane McIntyre won 29 games for North Dakota this season (photo: Bradley K. Olson).

BOSTON — North Dakota’s Zane McIntyre has been named the winner of the 2015 Mike Richter Award as the top goaltender in Division I men’s hockey.

McIntyre won 29 games in helping North Dakota get to the Frozen Four for a second straight season.

Full coverage from the ceremony to come.

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  1. Nice choice. Maybe the best team and the worst goalie–think they have it wrong. Alex Lyon was such a rock this year–the Yale team had little offense and the defense, lead by Lyon, was everything–and took BU to OT.

  2. The goaltender position is stats-driven and none were noted in the brief article. So allow me to note what I found, and make a case for a more worthy candidate:

    Goals against avg:
    Zane McIntyre 2.05, ranked 16th among NCAA D1 goaltenders
    Alex Lyon 1.62, led all D1 goaltenders

    Save percentage
    Zane McIntyre .929 tied for 11th
    Alex Lyon .939, led all D1 goaltenders

    Shutouts
    Zane McIntyre 1, tied for 43rd (plus one exhibition shutout)
    Alex Lyon 7, led all D1 goaltenders

    It seems to me the wrong guy got the prize.

  3. I agree that I think Alex Lyon was probably more deserving, but to play devil’s advocate, Lyon plays in what was a pretty weak conference this year. My top candidate would be Gillies given that he almost single-handedly carried Providence into the tournament. This offense that they’ve found the past couple weeks simply wasn’t there in the regular season, so he was by far their most valuable player.

    I’ve been knocking all the “experts” all year for the western bias, which was exposed when the vaunted NCHC went a combined 1-5 against Hockey East in the tournament, and I think this is another example of that. The true crime will be if he wins the Hobey.

  4. I am no fan of the Siouxage but why we’re they in frozen four? No top scorer, no top defenseman. McIntyre was the best thing on a team that won best league. Plus his off ice recognition and name change story, he is a good choice. Too often goalie awards are on stats alone. A goalie with no defensive help who gets his team to Frozen Four is okay.

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